Congratulations on the release of your debut picture book! We're so excited to interview someone from the ReFoReMo team! Your book is lovely and lyrical and a powerful story for all to read.
All of the THINK QUICK themes below appear in your book. Let’s see which way you lean. Remember, THINK QUICK!
Both. Resilient because the children have no toys but continue to play.
Fragile because the children had to flee from danger.
On bibliotherapeutic books:
Necessary or superfluous?
Necessary. Social and emotional learning through stories helps us feel empathy, make caring decisions, and find out we are more alike than different.
On sibling relationships:
Difficult or cherished?
Cherished. Siblings are our first friends.
On making something from nothing:
Creative or re-cycling?
Definitely creative. More like up-cycling because the children use critical thinking, problem solving, design, and engineering skills to create something of greater value.
Fun or nuisance?
Fun! Follow that grasshopper.
On colorful diverse illustrations:
Collaborative or synergistic?
Both. The creative team comprised of a photographer, (picture that started the story for me) author, illustrator and editor worked together to bring a new energy to the project.
On Lyrical language:
Easy or challenging?
Both. Easy because I like to write poetry. Challenging because each word must earn its place.
Literary devices or literary vices?
Literary devices. Poetry does the heavy lifting of capturing emotions.
On Author's notes:
Enriching or boring?
Enriching. Based on a true story, the author’s note shares the writer’s intention.
WHEN WATER MAKES MUD or WHEN WATER MAKES MUD
When Water Makes Mud: A Story of Refugee Children
Publisher’s profits are being donated to UNICEF.
Kirsti's review of WHEN WATER MAKES MUD:
From paper and pencil to page turns, she crafts stories celebrating the creativity and playfulness of children. Janie encourages readers to use their imagination, find their voice, share their stories, and believe in their dreams. She lives in Ohio with her darling husband and delights in playing with her 16 grandchildren. www.janiereinart.com